24-Hour Uninterrupted Stream on Wave Farm's Standing Wave Radio: wavefarm.org/listen (April 24, noon – April 25, noon)
MAY THE DRONE GO ON
For the past 7 years, 24-HOUR DRONE presented with Le Guess Who? has kicked off Basilica Hudson’s season into bloom, as a sacred wake-up call for the building in her winter hibernation. With all in-person events still postponed due to COVID-19, this year we will bring it to the airwaves in collaboration with Wave Farm’s WGXC 90.7-FM Radio for Open Ears.
Both organizations, Basilica Hudson and Wave Farm, have each invited five artists/collectives to contribute a 60-minute performance. Assembled, this newly commissioned 10-hour drone program will be the featured content for DRONE AT HOME 2021. Highlights from past 24-HOUR DRONE event archives will flesh out the rest of the 24-hour online broadcast.
The 10 Newly Commissioned Drone hours celebrate the 10th Anniversaries of Basilica Hudson (2020) and Wave Farm's WGXC 90.7-FM Radio for Open Ears (2021):
Canada Resonance Agency (featuring Cares, Beard Close, Indweller (Colin Fisher and Ilyse Krivel), David Jones, Steff Juniper / Quivering, Mandelbru, Matt Nish-Lapidus / New Tendencies and Gideon Steinberg, Xuan Ye)
LUMEN PROJECT (featuring Fadi Tabbal, Julia Sabra, Mathias Landæus, Yasmine El Baramawy, Vincent Bahar, and Nathan Larson)
ABOUT THE 2021 ARTISTS and COMMISSIONED WORKS Le Guess Who? ( presents Prana Crafter & Richard Bolhuis. "In this video it was my aim to express the sense of freedom that I experience in the desolate regions of Groningen, the Netherlands. The northern skyscapes depict a timeless, poetic flow of images of nature running its natural course." -richardbolhuis.com . Video by Richard Bolhuis. Edited by Bouke Mekel.
Chloe Alexandra Thompson's as we already know combines live processed field recordings, custom software, and distilled video feedback presenting droning patterns amidst a backdrop of transforming architecture. Through slow repetition of sonic and visual elements viewers are enveloped in a transfixing landscape of abstraction. Thompson uses custom software to explore fascinations with psycho-acoustics, spatialization within the stereo field, and sensory illusion.
Chloe Alexandra Thompson is a Cree, Canadian interdisciplinary artist and sound designer. Her work engages tactics of material minimalism to create site-specific installations that sculpt droning, maximist experiences out of space and sound. Using audio programming software, computational processing, and acoustic instruments, Thompson’s works envelop audiences into a state of equilibrium and fill rooms with discrete frequencies that engage physical and auditory sensation. Thompson’s work, often utilizing multi-channel audio or high-density loudspeaker arrays, has previously been presented by MUTEK Montreal, Send + Receive Festival, and Quiet City (Canada); British Council Arts and Somerset House for Amplify DIA (UK) ; Qubit (NY); On the Boards, and Wayward Concert Series (WA); Subharmonic: Sonic Arts Symposium - PICA, Unity Gain: High Density Loudspeaker Array, Disjecta, Yale Union, and Variform Gallery (OR), among others. She has presented collaborative works for The Kitchen, Danspace, and Lincoln Center (NY); The Cube at Virginia Tech (VA); Krannert Arts Center (IL); NYU Abu Dhabi (UAE); The Wiltern (CA); Out of Sight (WA); Converge45, Disjecta, SIX for Subharmonic, and PICA T:BA Festival 2016 and 2017 (OR). Thompson has participated in residencies at Pioneer Works (NY); HERVISIONS x Arebyte AOS residency (UK), and the Amplify residency in collaboration with Somerset House and MUTEK (UK). She is an upcoming resident at ACRE (IL).
LaMont Hamilton's Seismicity or Tree Who Move Like Phantoms in the Night is an extension or interlocutor of his iterative piece To Hear the Earth Before the End of the World. This long form, droning, work is very much informed by Hamilton's time in Alaska and encounters with empyreal sonic events such as the many earthquakes and chinooks wind (föhn winds). Trees move like phantoms in this theatre of wind; Earthquakes shrug Earth’s shoulders grumbling in ancient languages.
LaMont Hamilton is a multidisciplinary artist based in New York. Hamilton deals with the spiritual, ecological and subconscious through sound, installation, performance, poetry and lens based medium. Hamilton has been the recipient of several fellowships and awards including the Civitella Ranieri Fellowship, Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship, Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, Artadia Award, ArtMatters Grant and more. His residencies include Skowhegan (’17), Camargo Foundation, MacDowell Colony (MF ’15), MFAH Dora Maar and Bemis Center for Contemporary Art among others.
Drone Not Drones featuring Luke Heiken, IOSIS, Neon Menhirs, John Marks, Crystal Myslajek, Meredith Gill, Iceblink. Drone Not Drones was started in 2013 to protest Obama's drone program and to raise money for Doctors Without Borders. Originally just a festival DND has expanded into a record label and concert promotion for drone and drone adjacent music. The crown jewel of Drone Not Drones is the 28-hour drone held every winter in Minneapolis. Part benefit concert, part art project, part community event, the 28-hour drone is an annual concert where more than fifty acts from across the musical spectrum who unite to rotate on and off the stage to create a single uninterrupted 28-hour drone to protest the extrajudicial and immoral drone program and raise money for the victims of the United States military-industrial complex.
Brian Dewan + Ross Goldstein's B Natural is an hour long thread of sound with a slowly metamorphosing harmonic spectrum throughout. This electronic drone is occasionally diverted into mordents. An organic landscape of unisons, chords and voids coalesce around the thread throughout its natural lifespan. The instrumentation features Mellotron, melody gin and electric guitar.
Brian Dewan is a visual artist and musician. He plays with The Raymond Scott Orchestrette, The Conservationists, The Foul Balls and the Monday Morning Mellotron ensemble. He lives in Catskill, NY. Ross Goldstein was born in New York, NY. August 28, 1970 ( 7:18 p.m. )
Inter(air) Featuring creations by - Sam Johnson, Nick Levine, Justin Pietro, Sarah Francis Rose, Matt Luczak, Mitch Van Dusen, Tom Christie, and more. Clarity/Chaos is a silent film, scored by an eclectic group of musicians and audio artists with the task of exploring pathways between chaos and clarity. Two sides of the same coin who tend to lead one into the other. Using a combination of narrative and collaborative visual/audio arrangements, Inter(air) seeks to explore the deeper confines inside our minds, and grasp clarity from the clutches of this chaotic twenty-first century.
Inter(air) is a pathway to understanding collective channels of thought through the unification of sound and landscape. As a revolving door group of artists in collaboration, Inter(air) brings together experimental visuals and viewpoints with experimental artists to create new language in an ever changing world.
NRRF B(b) Radio presents The Spiral Breath.
When a white dwarf star dies it emits a stream of carbon atoms, carried across the galaxy like ash by cosmic winds. These atoms eventually reach other stars and their planets, thereby feeding their own cycles of life and death. The universe breathes, and so do we. Meanwhile, here on earth the current pandemic has focused our attention on both the dire risks and life-giving necessity of breathing, especially in close proximity to others. Spirals form in the human lung when carbon nanoparticles disturb certain surfactant molecules found there. Could those spirals be the imprint of the Milky Way inside our lungs? The carbon breathed out by stars draws an image when we inhale. Drawing breath is ever more precious. This drone meditates on these ideas across dynamics of scale: macro and micro cycles of starlight and breath, the vibrations of atoms, the bellows that power stellar forges which ‘exhale’ particles as breath and that we also breathe, and the indelible traces left in our bodies by these cosmic forces. Moving images created by Sarah Knudtson.
NRRF B(b) Radio is an ongoing series of radio art programs created and performed by the current NRRF collective composed of sound and media artists Jonny Farrow, Anna Friz, Stephen Germana, Jeff Kolar and Peter Speer. Performing across the fields of improvisational and experimental sound, neighbourhood radio, and translocational radio art, the group assembled in Chicago in 2012 at the Experimental Sound Studio for a summer residency where they made long-form, improvised radio art based on B-movie and sci-fi themes, exploiting and deconstructing the genre for its tropes and stereotypes. The NRRF collective emphasize significant abstract improvisation and take as many tangents as possible. This results in an unpredictable mix of open fields of sounds, occasional narratives, spaceships that fail to launch, and even singing. Sometimes there is cake.
Maria Chávez presents ASLEEP/AWAKE/EKAWA/PEELSA, performed with sound therapist, meditation teacher, Sara Auster's sound bath singing bowl album, NAMORA - Asleep/ Awake. Combining four turntables that are equipped with eight needles, Chavez creates an extended version of this album in real-time, forming various tiers of tones that unfold amongst each other for one hour.
Born in Lima, Peru and based in NYC, Maria Chávez is best known as an abstract turntablist, sound artist and DJ. Coincidence, chance & failures are themes that unite her book objects, sound sculptures, installations & other works with her improvised solo turntable performance practice. Her latest album, “Maria Chavez PLAYS Stefan Goldmann’s Ghost hemiola” was nominated for a Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik in Jan. of 2020.
Currently, Maria is on the cover of the textbook on the History of Experimental & Electronic music by Routledge Publishing, is a David Tudor and Robert Rauschenberg Arts Fellow and a Research Fellow for Goldsmith's Sound Practice Research Department (2015-17). Her large scale sound & multi-media installations along with other works have been shown at the Getty Museum, the JUDD Foundation, Documenta 14 in Kassel, Germanyand HeK (Haus der elektronischen Künste Basel) amongst many other institutions around the world.
She is an artist in residence with EMPAC (The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center) until 2022, a Toulmin Fellow with the Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU and National Sawdust, and her latest sound installation, Staggered Shifts, 2021 is now on view at BRIC Arts for their "Latin Abstract" painting exhibition from Jan. - May 2021.
Maria will be a remote artist in residence with The Hague’s Rewire Festival in the Netherlands this Spring 2021. She will be releasing new recordings with collaborators Sandy Ewen & Devin Kenny later this year via OrbTapes, SN Variations & Ballastnvp. Her latest album with Jordi Wheeler via Cafe Oto’s Takeroku label is now available as is her cassette release with collaborator Lucas Gorham via Ratskin Records which was released in the fall of 2020.
She is currently on a medical sabbatical due to receiving brain surgery in Feb. 2019 and will return to performing for the public in 2022-23.
LUMEN PROJECT presents ROOTS/ ST: JOHANNES/ ALAIRTIJAL 01 comprised of FADI TABBAL + JULIA SABRA - ROOTS (11:25) recorded in Beirut Lebanon at Tunefork Studios, MATHIAS LANDÆUS - ST. JOHANNES (33:51) recorded in Malmö Sweden at St. Johannes Church, and YASMINE EL BARAMAWY + VINCENT BAHAR + NATHAN LARSON - ALAIRTIJAL 01 (14:59) recorded in Malmö Sweden at St. Johannes Church.
Lumen Project is a non-profit organization creating immersive experiences, employing sound / light / and space to inspire awe and stillness… the rarest of commodities in our fractured modern environment. Coordinating with international partners, they have presented events in Stockholm, Beirut, Lebanon, northern Iceland, and elsewhere, with the intention to push the format further and further afield. Lumen was founded by composer/ musician Nathan Larson, with partners Lina Enqvist and Maria Lyth.
ABOUT BASILICA HUDSON
Founded in 2010 by Melissa Auf der Maur and Tony Stone, Basilica Hudson is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts center located in Hudson N.Y., that aims to foster a more sustainable community, ecology and economy through cultural activism and innovative multidisciplinary programming.
Housed in a reclaimed solar-powered 1880s industrial factory on the riverfront in Hudson, NY and walking distance to a major Amtrak station, Basilica Hudson supports the creation, production and presentation of independent arts and culture, and strives to forge experiences that aspire to the scale, grit and beauty of its surroundings. Basilica welcomes over 40,000 visitors each season to grene-pushing music festivals, large scale market place events, a regular film screenings series and artist in residence program, eclectic performances, public art installations and other community gatherings. The majority of its programs are free or sliding scale, and invite visitors to discover the Hudson Valley’s rich legacy of cultural and environmental movements.
ABOUT WAVE FARM and WGXC 90.7-FM
Wave Farm is a non-profit arts organization driven by experimentation with broadcast media and the airwaves. A pioneer of the Transmission Arts genre, Wave Farm programs provide access to transmission technologies and support artists and organizations that engage with media as an art form. Wave Farm Radio encompasses many radio streams available at wavefarm.org/listen and the Wave Farm Radio App, including WGXC 90.7-FM: Radio for Open Ears, a full-power, non-commercial, listener-supported station in New York’s Upper Hudson Valley operating out of studios in Hudson and the Wave Farm Study Center in Acra.